Term-seeking London Mayor Sadiq Khan has a request for Bollywood: He wants them to remake the smash hit “Amar Akbar Anthony.”
Mr Khan, born in London in 1970 to parents who immigrated from Pakistan, explains why he believes this is the right time to make such a request.
“I have a suggestion to Bollywood. Please repeat Amar Akbar Anthony in the UK because we have a Christian king (Ling Charles III), a Muslim mayor (himself) and a Hindu prime minister (Rishi Sunak),” Mr Khan said. who grew up with his six brothers and sister in council housing in Tooting, an ethnically diverse residential area in the south of the city.
The film starred Vinod Khanna (a Hindu police officer), Rishi Kapoor (a Muslim qawwali singer) and Amitabh Bachchan (Christian liquor seller).
“London is the number one location for Bollywood films and for people to come and invest here. I look forward to Indians coming here as students, as tourists, as investors and as locations for Bollywood films,” said Mr Khan, who joined the Labor Party at the age of 15.
Mr Khan regularly recalls his father driving London’s famous red buses, his mother being a seamstress and one of his brothers being a car mechanic.
“One of the reasons London is the greatest city in the world is because Indians have made it their home. These are Londoners who went on to become doctors, businessmen, politicians, chemists, pharmacists, scientists, journalists and so on.” “Our diversity is a strength. London is a place where you can fulfill your potential. I call it the London Promise,” said Mr Khan, who has made a name for himself as a vocal critic of Brexit.
In 2005 he gave up his legal career and became MP for Tooting, where he still lives with his wife Saadiya, a lawyer, and their two daughters.
Source : www.ndtv.com